Ask.com, everybody’s favorite underdog search engine, has long made great efforts in local/mobile areas. Last May, for example, they launched Ask Mobile GPS with Sprint phones. Now they’re announcing the first search-engine–sponsored voice directions on mobile phones. Called Click to Speak, the service is designed to:
speak their location and desired destination to receive directions on their web-enabled mobile devices. Easy to use, it eliminates typing addresses, which can be slow, error-prone and, in some cases, unsafe. Available immediately, “Click to Speak” incorporates unique technology from Dial Directions, the leading provider of voice-activated location-based services.
The first question, of course, is “How much does it cost?” Good news for the frugal among us: it’s free (though carrier charges may apply).
How does it work, then? From the initial description, it sounds as though you call up the service, but actually you connect to Ask.com’s website on the mobile Internet (www.ask.com or m.ask.com). Select Directions, then Click to SPEAK.
This offering from Ask compliments their other mobile offerings well. In the mobile arena, Ask has strongly emphasized their local- and mobile-specific offerings, and consistently tried to streamline their mobile experience.
But the ultimate question is, of course, how well does it work? I’ll let you know.